Local Election News


Local political and 2020 election news, brought to you by News Director Michayla Savitt, Contributor Fred Balfour, and the News Team. Listen to our stories covering local elections below and find important deadlines and background on each local election.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's NYS primaries and special elections have been postponed to June 23, 2020 and all voters are eligible to vote by mail (see below). After briefly being cancelled, the NY State Democratic Presidential Primary has been reinstated by court order. 

The early voting period will be June 13, 2020 – June 21, 2020.

General Election day is still November 3, 2020. The early voting period for the November general election will be October 24, 2020- November 1, 2020.

In New York's 125th Assembly district

Barbara Lifton announced in early February that she will not be seeking re-election for a tenth term. She has represented all of Tompkins County and portions of Cortland County for the last 18 years.

Since Lifton’s announcement, seven candidates have announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination for the 125th Assembly district. That group includes Sujata Gibson, Jordan Lesser, Jason Leifer, Seph Murtagh, and Anna Kelles from Tompkins County and Lisa Hoeschele and Beau Harbin of Cortland County. Libertarian Matthew McIntyre of Cortland County has dropped out of the race.

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Matthew McIntyre of Cortland discusses his candidacy for NY Assembly 125th District [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | February 27, 2020

UPDATE: McIntyre has dropped out of the race. Barbara Lifton, Assemblywoman for Ithaca and the 125th district announced on Friday January 31st that she will not be seeking re-election for a tenth term. Cortland County Libertarian Chair Matthew McIntyre is one of many people who has thrown their hat into the ring to take Lifton’s…

Jordan Lesser of Tompkins County discusses his candidacy for NY Assembly 125th District [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | February 26, 2020

Jordan Lesser, longterm legislative counsel to Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, sat down with Your Morning host Ed von Aderkas to talk about his recently announced campaign for New York’s 125th Assembly District. He discussed his platform, his experience, and how he plans to stand out in this year’s crowded race. This interview originally aired on the…

In the New York State Senate

Tom O’Mara is up for reelection once again in New York’s 58th senate district, which spans Penn Yan to Watkins Glen, Hornell, Bath, Corning, Elmira, and Ithaca. He has held the seat since 2010.

So far, Leslie Danks Burke of Tompkins County is the sole Democrat to challenge O’Mara.

Leslie Danks Burke discusses her candidacy for New York’s 58th State Senate District [AUDIO]

By Michayla Savitt | April 3, 2020

Leslie Danks Burke joins News Director Michayla Savitt by telephone for an on-air interview in the WRFI studios. She is a local attorney and a Democratic candidate for New York’s 58 Senate District which includes Schuyler, Yates, and Steuben Counties and part of Tompkins.    

In New York’s 23rd Congressional District

Representative Tom Reed, a Republican, is once again in the running for his position. Since 2012, he’s held the congressional seat in the 23rd district, which spans the southwestern portion of the state including Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.

Running against Tom Reed this year is Tracy Mitrano of Yates County who was a candidate in the 2018 race to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional district. She won the democratic nomination, but lost to Reed, claiming 45.8 percent of the vote according to ballotpedia.org.  

Dr. Scott Noren of Tompkins County was also in the race for the Democratic nomination but was disqualified since he didn’t reach the minimum 375 signatures needed on the petition. In 2012 and 2018 Noren unsuccessfully ran against New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Congressman Tom Reed Media Call – Funding Local Communities – 4/28/2020

By Fred Balfour | April 29, 2020

Congressman Reed’s opening comments in the media call stressed his support for federal funding for state and local communities. As plans are underway for a fourth phase of federal economic relief, Reed is working with a bi-partisan group to push for recovery funding to aid local governments. WRFI News Contributor Fred Balfour reports.  

Cares Act Stimulus Coronavirus COVID-19

$2 trillion stimulus package issues for COVID-19 – 2 weeks later. [AUDIO]

By Fred Balfour | April 10, 2020

The historic $2 trillion stimulus plan called CARES Act (Corona Aid, Relief and Economic Security) was signed two weeks ago. New York Congressman Tom Reed and candidate Tracy Mitrano offer comments on homeowner mortgage relief, household internet pricing and inter-hospital equipment sharing. WRFI news team member Fred Balfour reports.